For the first time in program history, three University of Rhode Island football players have been invited to the NFL Combine. Wide receivers Aaron Parker and Isaiah Coulter, as well as offensive lineman Kyle Murphy, received the invites to Indianapolis. The last time a Ram was drafted into the NFL was Bob White in 1987.
Senior Aaron Parker made a statement this season, leading the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in both receptions with 81 and receiving yards with 1,224. He also scored nine touchdowns this season and appeared in all 12 games. The star receiver was also a team captain and a four-year starter for the Rams.
Since Coulter arrived in Kingston in 2017 he has made his mark on the program. His first reception was a 56-yard touchdown catch against Central Michigan and he finished with seven career 100-yard receiving games. In his final year, Coulter had 1,039 receiving yards on 72 receptions. He also found the endzone eight times. Declaring as a junior is always risky especially at the FCS level, but the stats prove that he has a shot at getting his name called at the NFL draft.
Senior Kyle Murphy was an anchor for the Rams’ offensive line. In 2018, Murphy was a New England Writer’s Association All-New England selection and a first-team All-CAA selection. He appeared in 11 games and was a team captain. He was a part of an offensive line that only allowed 2.17 sacks per game, a good number given that the Rams threw the ball for a league-high 42 times a game. The Rams ran for an average of 100 yards all three years Murphy started on the offensive line.
This is a major opportunity for all three men and this means a lot to the football program. URI football has had its fair share of struggles in the history of the program, but this could be a turning point. All three of these players deserve to be invited to the combine based on their performance on the field, and hopefully, they can catch the eye of NFL scouts.